Default prefix for Cabal on Windows

Simon Marlow simonmar at
Tue Jun 21 07:14:04 EDT 2005

On 17 June 2005 17:19, Ross Paterson wrote:

> On Thu, Jun 16, 2005 at 04:46:18PM +0100, Simon Marlow wrote:
>>> Simon Marlow wrote:
>>>> Ok, so $(ProgramFiles) is determined by the registry.  Taking into
>>>> account comments so far, I think we have:
>>>>   prefix = $(ProgramFiles)\Haskell\$(PackageName)-$(Version)
>>>>   libdir = $(prefix)\$(Compiler)-$(Version)
>>>>   bindir = $(prefix)\bin
>>>> these are only defaults - users & packagers are free to change
>>>> them. 
>> Slight modification after Brian's comments: if the package is an
>> executable, then 
>>   prefix = $(ProgramFiles)\$(PackageName)-$(Version)
>> (i.e. only libraries on under $(ProgramFiles)\Haskell).
> The default value of $(prefix) under Unix recently silently changed
> from /usr/local to /usr/local/$(Compiler)-$(Version).  I'm not sure
> that's the right thing: it's incompatible with the FHS and with
> autoconf, and puts executables in a place that's not on my path.

I've fixed that, and made the changes above.  However, I think $(libdir)
and $(bindir) should be configurable as options to ./setup configure
(weren't we going to do that at one stage?).

The story is now:

On Windows,

   prefix  | is_excutable = $(ProgramFiles)\$(PackageId)
           | is_library   = $(ProgramFiles)\Haskell\$(PackageId)

   libdir = $(prefix)\$(CompilerId)
   bindir = $(prefix)\bin

On Unix,

   prefix = "/usr/local"
   libdir = $(prefix)/$(PackageId)/$(CompilerId)
   bindir = $(prefix)/bin

This is ok for the default prefix, but not great if you want to set
prefix to /opt/pkg-1.0, for example - that's why we need to be able to
set libdir independently.


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